Here is the first painting, cut back to get rid of the tree, and all that green behind it. I have the drawing done on 19 x 24 tracing paper and will transfer that, along with the 2nd drawing, onto a large sheet of Arches (I have a roll I may use and just cut it to the length I want).
And the second small study (fourth sheet = 11 x 15 inches), is beginning.
I used Pebeo Drawing gum to mask and splatter and when that dried, I rubbed some areas off, leaving open spaces in larger masked areas (if that makes any sense). In essence, I broke up the large masked shapes so there are small holes in them making them more airy. Hope it looks good when I remove the masking (after I paint the bird).
I have the second full drawing done - now just have to think of how to best combine them and make them sort of "in your face" coming towards you with water splashing everywhere...
Have a great weekend. Mother's Day = Sunday.